Trump and a Post-Truth World

Author: Ken Wilber

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834840901

Category: Political Science

Page: 176

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A provocative and balanced examination of our current social and political situation -- by a cutting-edge philosopher of our times. The world is in turmoil. As populist waves roil the Brexit-bound U.K., along with Europe, Turkey, Russia, Asia—and most visibly, the U.S. with the election of Donald Trump—nationalist and extremist political forces threaten the progress made over many decades. Democracies are reeling in the face of nihilism and narcissism. How did we get here? And how, with so much antagonism, cynicism, and discord, can we mend the ruptures in our societies? In this provocative work, philosopher Ken Wilber applies his Integral approach to explain how we arrived where we are and why there is cause for hope. He lays much of the blame on a failure at the progressive, leading edge of society. This leading edge is characterized by the desire to be as just and inclusive as possible, and to it we owe the thrust toward women’s rights, the civil rights movement, the environmental movement, and the concern for oppression in all its forms. This is all evolutionarily healthy; what is unhealthy is a creeping postmodernism that is elitist, “politically correct,” insistent on an egalitarianism that is itself paradoxically hierarchical, and that looks down on “deplorables.” Combine this with the techno-economic demise of many traditional ways of making a living, and you get an explosive mixture. As Wilber says, for some Trump voters: “Everywhere you are told that you are fully equal and deserve immediate and complete empowerment, yet everywhere are denied the means to actually achieve it. You suffocate, you suffer, and you get very, very mad.” It is only when members of society’s leading edge can heal themselves that a new, Integral evolutionary force can emerge to move us beyond the social and political turmoil of our current time to offer genuine leadership toward greater wholeness.
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Relativism and Post-Truth in Contemporary Society

Possibilities and Challenges

Author: Mikael Stenmark,Steve Fuller,Ulf Zackariasson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 331996559X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 199

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This book approaches post-truth and relativism in a multidisciplinary fashion. Researchers from astrophysics, philosophy, psychology, media studies, religious studies, anthropology, social epistemology and sociology discuss and analyse the impact of relativism and post-truth both within the academy and in society at large. The motivation for this multidisciplinary approach is that relativism and post-truth are multifaceted phenomena with complex histories that have played out differently in different areas of society and different academic disciplines. There is hence a multitude of ways in which to use and understand the concepts and the phenomena to which they refer, and a multitude of critiques and defenses as well. No single volume can capture the ongoing discussions in different areas in all their complexity, but the different chapters of the book can function as exemplifications of the ramifications these phenomena have had.
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Post-Truth

How Bullshit Conquered the World

Author: James Ball

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 1785902504

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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2016 marked the birth of the post-truth era. Sophistry and spin have coloured politics since the dawn of time, but two shock events - the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's elevation to US President - heralded a departure into murkier territory. From Trump denying video evidence of his own words, to the infamous Leave claims of £350 million for the NHS, politics has rarely seen so many stretching the truth with such impunity. Bullshit gets you noticed. Bullshit makes you rich. Bullshit can even pave your way to the Oval Office. This is bigger than fake news and bigger than social media. It's about the slow rise of a political, media and online infrastructure that has devalued truth. This is the story of bullshit: what's being spread, who's spreading it, why it works - and what we can do to tackle it.
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Reimagining Journalism in a Post-Truth World: How Late-Night Comedians, Internet Trolls, and Savvy Reporters Are Transforming News

Author: Ed Madison,Ben DeJarnette

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440854769

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 193

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In a world of "alternative facts" and "post-truth" politics, producing public-interest journalism is more important than ever—but also more complex. This book examines how journalism is evolving to meet the demands of the digital media ecosystem, where lies often spread faster than truth, and where modern news consumers increasingly expect journalism to be a conversation, not a lecture. • Examines the historical roots of journalism's crisis while pushing the conversation toward promising experiments and solutions • Offers insights from digital-era disruptors and innovators, as well as long-time veterans of the news business • Provides context for the 2016 election's "fake news" phenomenon and explains—in clear and compelling prose—what savvy journalists are doing to rebuild trust in the real thing
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America's Post-Truth Phenomenon: When Feelings and Opinions Trump Facts and Evidence

Author: C.G. Prado

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440862737

Category: Psychology

Page: 215

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This book presents absorbing and critical expert perspectives on the post-truth phenomenon that has infiltrated the U.S. political system, media, and populace. • Analyzes Trump-administration-generated mistruths in a discussion of post-truth America • Presents varied concerns, perspectives, and thought-provoking topics in clear, accessible, and engaging words • Explains the historical and social circumstances that led to post-truth • Details why some people are more apt to embrace and spread post-truth • Outlines actions to defeat post-truth
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How to save politics in a post-truth era

Thinking through difficult times

Author: Ilan Zvi Baron

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1526126834

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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The rise of populism, Donald Trump's election and the result of the EU referendum in the UK have been widely interpreted as a rejection of the post-war liberal order - the manifestation of a desire to undermine the political system that people feel has let them down. Yet mainstream politicians and analysts have been slow to grasp the changing situation, instead relying on a rhetoric of 'hard data' and narrow economic arguments while failing to properly engage with the politics of identity. This book argues that the relationship between methodology and politics is now more important than ever - that politics, if it is anything, is about engaging with people's interpretations and narratives of the world in which they find themselves. Politics in this new 'post-truth' era will require an appreciation of the fact we live in an uncertain world of endless diversity and potential for change. This thoughtful book addresses how we might think about and do politics in these strange new times.
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Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy

Mapping the Politics of Falsehood

Author: Johan Farkas,Jannick Schou

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000507289

Category: Political Science

Page: 166

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Western societies are under siege, as fake news, post-truth and alternative facts are undermining the very core of democracy. This dystopian narrative is currently circulated by intellectuals, journalists and policy makers worldwide. In this book, Johan Farkas and Jannick Schou deliver a comprehensive study of post-truth discourses. They critically map the normative ideas contained in these and present a forceful call for deepening democracy. The dominant narrative of our time is that democracy is in a state of emergency caused by social media, changes to journalism and misinformed masses. This crisis needs to be resolved by reinstating truth at the heart of democracy, even if this means curtailing civic participation and popular sovereignty. Engaging with critical political philosophy, Farkas and Schou argue that these solutions neglect the fact that democracy has never been about truth alone: it is equally about the voice of the democratic people. Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy delivers a sobering diagnosis of our times. It maps contemporary discourses on truth and democracy, foregrounds their normative foundations and connects these to historical changes within liberal democracies. The book will be of interest to students and scholars studying the current state and future of democracy, as well as to a politically informed readership.
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Post-Truth, Fake News

Viral Modernity & Higher Education

Author: Michael A. Peters,Sharon Rider,Mats Hyvönen,Tina Besley

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9811080135

Category: Education

Page: 224

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This edited collection brings together international authors to discuss the meaning and purpose of higher education in a “post-truth” world. The editors and authors argue that notions such as “fact” and “evidence” in a post-truth era must be understood not only politically, but also socially and epistemically. The essays philosophically examine the post-truth environment and its impact on education with respect to our most basic ideas of what universities, research and education are or should be. The book brings together authors working in Australia, China, Croatia, Romania, Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, UK and USA.
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Post-Truth

The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back

Author: Matthew d'Ancona

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473551927

Category: Political Science

Page: 176

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Welcome to the Post-Truth era— a time in which the art of the lie is shaking the very foundations of democracy and the world as we know it. The Brexit vote; Donald Trump’s victory; the rejection of climate change science; the vilification of immigrants; all have been based on the power to evoke feelings and not facts. So what does it all mean and how can we champion truth in in a time of lies and ‘alternative facts’? In this eye-opening and timely book, Post-Truth is distinguished from a long tradition of political lies, exaggeration and spin. What is new is not the mendacity of politicians but the public’s response to it and the ability of new technologies and social media to manipulate, polarise and entrench opinion. Where trust has evaporated, conspiracy theories thrive, the authority of the media wilt and emotions matter more than facts . Now, one of the UK’s most respected political journalists, Matthew d’Ancona investigates how we got here, why quiet resignation is not an option and how we can and must fight back.
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Politics and Journalism in a Post-Truth World

Author: Martin Gitlin

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing

ISBN: 9781534504417

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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Is the post-truth world a permanent reality? Lies, lies, lies / Allen H. Meltzer -- One weird news cycle / Iman Amrani -- Coming to terms with term limits / Roger Pilon -- Power play for the President / Patricio Navia -- Fighting for truth / Harold Pinter -- A matter of trust / Andrew Harrison -- The politician-media marriage. American journalism is failing democracy / Robert Jensen -- Bias: a natural outlook for journalists / Thor Benson -- Searching for a shakeup / Sunder Katwala, Ben Whitford and Carlos Ottery -- Journalism is choking in the clutch / Monika Bauerlein -- Does the media need a watchdog? / Geert Linnebank -- Is measuring media bias healthy? / Tamar Wilner -- An issue of morality. Calling out Trump on Roy Moore / Martin Pengelly -- Politicians and the right to privacy / Dennis F. Thompson -- Pants on fire / Maria Popova -- What is morality ? and is it needed from our politicians? / Kyra Maquiso -- Placing the blame on scandal-mongering / Ross Benes -- Trump might be strengthening American journalism / Ryan J. Thomas -- Not-so-special interests. The corruption files / Jon Schwarz -- NRA hiding behind Second Amendment / German Lopez -- A disturbing lesson on money in politics / Jonathan Backer -- The needed reboot on American elections. Every voice center -- Who stopped Bernie? the democrats or the voters? / Ezra Klein -- Did Sanders cost Clinton the election? / Robert Wheel -- Bernie: it's time to move on / Rachel Cunliffe
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